You Can Learn Anything

August 28, 2014

Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not. It starts with knowing you can learn anything.

This all relates to Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ theory. You can explore more at Khan Academy here.

Carol explains her theory here:

This all relates to the following great video …

What motivates us to work?

August 21, 2014

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.

Where do good ideas come from?

August 18, 2014

Humans need not apply

August 17, 2014

This video combines two thoughts to reach an alarming conclusion: “Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can’t match” + “Economics always wins” = “Automation is inevitable.”

How optical illusions trick your brain

August 13, 2014

I really like optical illusions.

Optical illusions are images that seem to trick our minds into seeing something different from what they actually are. But how do they work? Learn more in this clip ….

How Gravity Makes Things Fall

July 24, 2014

This is really interesting …

That’s one small step for a man …

July 21, 2014

Forty five years ago today, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and “Buzz” Aldrin walked around for about three hours.

Happy anniversary fellas!

And this, now forty five year old clip, still blows my mind:

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record

July 19, 2014

A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting away beneath an atmosphere where concentrations of three key planet-warming greenhouse gases continue to rise.

Data shows that the climate is changing more rapidly now than it has at any time in the historical record!!! Learn more here.

As a whole, the world’s glaciers—such as Italy’s Careser Glacier, seen here in August 1933 (top) and August 2012 (bottom)—have lost ice for the last 23 years in a row.

As a whole, the world’s glaciers—such as Italy’s Careser Glacier, seen here in August 1933 (top) and August 2012 (bottom)—have lost ice for the last 23 years in a row.

Strange that Australia’s carbon tax, one of the world’s landmark attempts to stop climate change, is officially no more. More here.

Ten Reasons Not to Trust Your Memory

July 13, 2014

You might think you know your own mind, but your memory can play some confusing tricks on you.

Chimpanzee brain power is strongly heritable

July 11, 2014

If a chimpanzee appears unusually intelligent, it probably had bright parents. That’s the message from the first study to check if chimp brain power is heritable.

Chimpanzee

The discovery could help to tease apart the genes that affect chimp intelligence and to see whether those genes in humans also influence intelligence. It might also help to identify additional genetic factors that give humans the intellectual edge over their non-human-primate cousins.

The researchers estimate that, similar to humans, genetic differences account for about 54 per cent of the range seen in “general intelligence”. Learn more here or here.


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